HR Microscope – October 2019

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October 2019

Essential skills for career success

Essential skills and their importance in career development are often neglected, but the benefits they offer individuals entering their first career, as well as those already established, are countless.

BioTalent Canada sat down with Lester Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources at BioVectra, to learn how essential skills have helped BioVectra shine as an employer of choice and succeed in a competitive sector.

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The value of partnerships in strengthening Canada’s bio-economy

Biotech companies in Canada are often involved in acquisitions, mergers and other corporate restructurings. Where such companies employ temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Canada, immigration and work permit implications must be assessed whenever such changes are contemplated.

Corporate immigration expertise will be needed to avoid issues and should be part of the due diligence process. This article will highlight key considerations.

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7 Tips for employee engagement

Every employee is different. Engaging them is often more of an art than a science. Following some simply guidelines can help managers and create a productive work environment.

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An abundance of opportunities available – What could your company achieve with up to $7,000 in co-op wage subsidies?

The Student Work Placement Program helps employers:

  • Gain access to funds to hire co-op students
  • Leverage a pool of workers eager to enhance their skills
  • Develop new talent for future recruitment needs

The program enables you to bring on an eager-to-learn student for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to your company who could meet your future recruiting needs.

Uncertain if you qualify? Don’t count yourself out.

Contact Colleen at ext. 221 or [email protected], Hannah Walhad at ext. 215 or [email protected] or Benita Uruhisho at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 234 or [email protected].

Need help with your recruiting? Connect to our academic partners for student talent



Be sure to check out our new events page for upcoming partner and industry events

Get the funds to hire the talent you need. You can now access new wage subsidies to hire.

Growing your business? The PetriDish™ helps you connect to the talent you need.

Contact us today and see if your biotech business qualifies for a 25% discount on job postings. You may even qualify for free postings!

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Take a closer look at BioTalent Canada’s partners:



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Life Sciences Ontario | Gowling WLG | HealthPartners | Business Wire | Novo Nordisk | BioNova


BioNB | BIOQuébec | LifeSciences BC | PEI BioAlliance | Bioenterprise
ACCES Employment | BioLAB Business | City of Mississauga | Borden Ladner Gervais
Seneca College | Health City | University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering | University of Manitoba
New Ventures BC | University of British Columbia – Co-op | University of Waterloo | University of Guelph | University of Ottawa


BIOTECanada | Medtech Canada | Renewable Industries Canada | BioAlberta | BioBenefits
Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization | Biotech Primer | City of Toronto | Food Processing Skills Canada

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BioConnect | BioVectra | Charles River Laboratories | eSight | IMV-Inc. | Synaptive Medical | Spartan Bioscience
Therapure Biopharma | Zymeworks

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